Book Review | Human(Kind)

Title: Human(kind) by Ashlee Eiland

Pages: 224

Genres: Nonfiction, Christian

Publisher: Waterbrook & Multnomah (Apr. 7, 2020)

Summary

A talented storyteller and peacemaker asks: Can kindness kindle a revolution?

“Ashlee teaches by example how to live with courage and compassion, and I believe her perspective and voice will be deeply meaningful to so many people.”–Shauna Niequist

Long before polls, protests, and political issues divided us, we were joined by a humanness that God considered very good. Created in his image, we reflected the height and depth of God’s loving-kindness, but our discord has blinded us to the imago Dei in us all.

In this compelling collection of essays, Ashlee Eiland shares her story of being a black woman living on two sides of the fence: as the token black girl in majority-white spaces and as the “whitewashed” black girl in majority-black spaces. As she discovers her own unique worth through these recollections, Ashlee learns that extending radical kindness toward every person–regardless of social status, political views, or religious beliefs–gives us hope and rekindles our common humanity.

With grace and humility, Human(Kind) invites us to chart our own formative journeys and recognize our inherent value, cultivating empathy so we may once again see the image of God shining brightly within one another

Human(kind): How Reclaiming Human Worth and Embracing Radical Kindness Will Bring Us Back Together

*I received a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. A huge thanks to the publisher!*

This book is about something that I feel so very passionately about: kindness. I feel so thankful to have been given an advanced copy of this book, because it was such an eye-opening, encouraging, and thought-provoking read!

Human(kind) is the type of book that so desperately needs to be read. Ashlee Eiland recounts her life, thus far, and the experiences – both good and bad – that she has faced as a black woman in America. As a white woman, I really learned a lot reading this book. I found this book to be a really eye-opening experience about the internalized racism that we all experience, and how to better ourselves and support others.

The writing style for Human(kind) is so great as well. Ashlee Eiland writes in such a genuine and conversational way. While reading, I could truly feel the heart and intention behind the message of this book. Her goal is never to condemn or criticize, rather it is to educate and speak the truth in kindness.

While I expected to enjoy this book, I never expected it to impact me so deeply. The wit and wisdom found in Ashlee Eiland’s words are ones I will not soon forget. I would recommend Human(kind) to anyone and everyone!


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